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Mon Jan 30, 2012, 06:31 AM

Tea Party Group Wants To 'Soften' Slavery In Textbooks

http://www.wcyb.com/news/30309212/detail.html

Some political groups are asking Tennessee lawmakers to re-write history, or at least how it is taught. Some members of the Tea Party say what's in your kid's textbook may be giving them a negative opinion about our nation's founding history.

What do you remember about American History class? Chances are you took away the basics; the birth of a democracy and a roller-coaster of ups-and-downs. But some Tea Party members say those basics are flawed when it comes to textbooks.

"My biggest concern is that important information is being omitted, which creates a negative light on our Founding Fathers," said Tea Party activist Brian Rieck.

Many members of the group are asking Tennessee lawmakers to tweak textbooks so that doesn't happen. Notably, they're hoping to make changes in how slavery and encroachment on Native Americans are portrayed to students. "Slavery is of course portrayed in the textbooks nowadays I'm sure as a totally negative thing. Had there not been slavery in the South, the economy would've fallen," Rieck said.

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Reply Tea Party Group Wants To 'Soften' Slavery In Textbooks (Original post)
UrbScotty Jan 2012 OP
Shankapotomus Jan 2012 #1
Skittles Jan 2012 #2
Frustratedlady Jan 2012 #3
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2012 #4
TreasonousBastard Jan 2012 #5
Loge23 Jan 2012 #6
ForeverLiberal Feb 2012 #7
jenniferinwisconsin Nov 2012 #12
Loge23 Nov 2012 #13
LNM Feb 2012 #8
Jamaal510 Apr 2012 #9
NOLALady Jun 2012 #10
jenniferinwisconsin Nov 2012 #11

Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Mon Jan 30, 2012, 06:39 AM

1. Go on

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Response to Shankapotomus (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 30, 2012, 07:01 AM

2. yes......please

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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Mon Jan 30, 2012, 07:20 AM

3. Conscience bothering you, hmmmm?

These people need to be deprogrammed...they've been drinking the Kool-Aid for far too long as it is.

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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Mon Jan 30, 2012, 07:26 AM

4. Just think how high our GDP could be if we were ALL slaves!

oh..wait....that is where we are headed....

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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Mon Jan 30, 2012, 08:58 AM

5. Notice the words "...I'm sure..." in that quote. This asshole has never....

READ any of these textbooks he's complaining about.



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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Mon Jan 30, 2012, 10:29 AM

6. After all, it only enslaved African-Americans

...and the Tea Party, along with the Republican party, could care less about African-Americans - and any other demographic other than ultra-wealthy and white.
They would like Americans to think of slavery of a kind of happy camp of minstrals, mandingos, and mamas who were really well taken care of and content with their lot.
Ignore the beatings, the murders, the rapes. Ignore the free services. Ignore the underlying philosophy of these masters that we're all not created equal - a philosophy alive and well today.
Just keep repeating that none of this actually happened, it's just another by-product of the great, liberal media. Just deny it. When accused of being a racist, just turn it around.



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Response to Loge23 (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:18 PM

7. Seriously

Yup -- and what's their reason for doing this? To make the Founding Fathers not look as bad. Seriously? They can't just erase history and act like nothing happened, like we don't have inequality in this country today. They've already taken Thomas Jefferson out of the textbooks in Texas because he didn't have "Christian values".

They keep crossing the line and it is disgusting.

Can't argue with facts.

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Response to Loge23 (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:14 AM

12. "just turn it around"

I like that turn of phrase and it is such an easy tactic that is used. When it happens in the moment - I am taken aback. I need to expect it coming and learn some techniques for deftly turning the conversation back wround to the matter at hand instead of allowing myself to be lead away from it.

I am engaged in such a conversation with my local school board now.

I requersted that the song Pick a Bale of Cotton be removed from the curriculum.

I went through the formal request process with the School District to have a formal review. They did their review and they reported to me that music teachers in the city are free to use this song if they wish because

"This song is in reference to a time period in American history and is a work song which reflects the experience of workers during this time."

They cited a website that stated that the "singing moved the work along faster and made physical labor and drudgery a little easier to bear."

They also assured me that "Every effort is made to select music with text/lyrics that is not demeaning to any culture or race."

I responded by stating that slaves were not workers because workers get paid and had the freedom to either work or not work. Slaves did not have those freedoms and that their characterization of the institution of slavery in this manner was offensive.

I also asked for details about the "efforts" they made regarding this song.

The Oshkosh Area School District responded with this "We thank you for your concern and consider this curriculum matter to have been appropriately addressed and resolved. Thank you."

I expected surprise and stiff acknowledgement of the inappropriateness of the song and prompt removal accompanying by embarassed apologies. Nope - what I got was fervently engrained White privilege instead.

So my next step is to petition them - my petition is here on change.org https://www.change.org/petitions/oshkosh-area-school-district-remove-the-song-pick-a-bale-of-cotton-from-the-curriculum#

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Response to jenniferinwisconsin (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:36 PM

13. I support your efforts.

I have signed the petition and I thank you for taking a stand against the less pleasant circumstances of our American history.

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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 08:32 PM

8. I thought it already was softened.

I don't remember my kids even mentioning it when they were in school and what I recall from my schooling was just that the slaves were freed during the Civil War. That's about it.

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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 08:16 PM

9. Just when I thought the Tea Party and the GOP couldn't go any further right.

Pretty soon, I suppose they'll bring up legislation for making slavery legal again.

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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:23 AM

10. Correct

"Had there not been slavery in the South, the economy would've fallen," Rieck said. This country was built by free labor.

But, Had there not been slavery in the South, we probably would not have had a devastating Civil War.

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Response to UrbScotty (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:09 PM

11. Remove Pick a Bale of Cotton from Traeger Middle school Oshkosh, WI

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I went through the formal request process with the School District to have a formal review. They did their review and they reported to me that music teachers in the city are free to use this song if they wish because

"This song is in reference to a time period in American history and is a work song which reflects the experience of workers during this time."

They cited a website that stated that the "singing moved the work along faster and made physical labor and drudgery a little easier to bear."

They also assured me that "Every effort is made to select music with text/lyrics that is not demeaning to any culture or race."

I responded by stating that slaves were not workers because workers get paid and had the freedom to either work or not work. Slaves did not have those freedoms and that their characterization of the institution of slavery in this manner was offensive.

I also asked for details about the "efforts" they made regarding this song.

The Oshkosh Area School District responded with this "We thank you for your concern and consider this curriculum matter to have been appropriately addressed and resolved. Thank you."

I created a Petition on Change.org regarding this matter. https://www.change.org/petitions/oshkosh-area-school-district-remove-the-song-pick-a-bale-of-cotton-from-the-curriculum#

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